Zabel and Sundberg’s not so excellent adventure

North Coast Journal has this bad news for Sundberg and his big supporter, Mercer Fraser

Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders just told the Journal that the only ballots that remain outstanding in the Fifth District are the up-to-315 provisional ballots from Election Day, which still haven’t been vetted or counted, and another 16 or so vote by mail ballots that have yet to be scanned. With a maximum of 331 ballots outstanding, Madrone’s 103-vote lead looks commanding and the race seems just about over. To pull the race out, Sundberg would need to take almost 66 percent of the ballots that remain to be counted.

Mercer Fraser’s Justin Zabel on a happier day

And then this happened:

Complaint to the United States Department of Agriculture
Office of Inspector General about Mercer Fraser trespass:

On behalf of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) and the Northcoast Environmental Center, please accept this complaint alleging that Six Rivers National Forest is knowingly permitting the trespass of public land by a private company. Mercer Fraser Construction Company is currently trespassing on Forest Service property through maintenance of a debris storage pile on Forest Service property near the Big Rock River Access Point on the Lower Trinity Ranger District. See Figure 1. The Forest Service is aware of the ongoing trespass and is tacitly permitting this trespass through inaction. We ask that this violation be corrected.

Figure 1: Map of Mercer Fraser and Forest Service Lands

Beginning in approximately 1968, Mercer Fraser has stored gravel mining debris on Forest Service property. At first, this storage was apparently permitted by the Forest Service through issuance of special use permits. However, starting in approximately 1989, Mercer Fraser no longer maintained a special use permit.

In 2002, the Forest Service notified Mercer Fraser of their trespass and the need to obtain a special use permit. Mercer Fraser shortly thereafter submitted a special use permit application. The Forest Service has not moved to process the application, because, for among other reasons, taking action could be a “sensitive issue among the public.”

We are perhaps most concerned at the potential quid pro quo relationship between the Forest Service and Mercer Fraser. Mercer Fraser wishes to maintain use of the Forest Service’s property and the Forest Service wishes to maintain use of Mercer Fraser’s property. The Forest Service makes use of a paved portion of Mercer Fraser’s property as a helipad for firefighting in the Lower Trinity area. The Forest Service likewise makes use of Mercer Fraser’s property for the use of “pack tests,” physical fitness tests for Forest Service wildlands firefighters. Mercer Fraser appears to charge the Forest Service for the use of company property for these activities. In an internal memo, a Forest Service employee calls this relationship “essentially one-sided,” as “[t]hey are difficult to deal with on allowing the pack test on their portion of the airstrip and extorting us for rental of a fire heliport while we sell them valuable gravel and allow them to use 3 acres of FS land next to our Recreation site without permit and without payment.”

This arrangement is a bum deal for taxpayers, not only because Mercer Fraser is paid by the Forest Service for the use of their property and the Forest Service is not paid for the use of their lands. But the debris storage pile negatively impacts the popular Big Rock River Access Point. The Forest Service acknowledges that the access point enjoys “extremely high swimming use” and that the debris storage pile—immediately adjacent to the river access point—may work to degrade the recreational value of this site.

Additionally, Mercer Fraser seeks to change the land use designation from Commercial Recreational to Industrial, Resource-Related and the zone classification from Highway Service Commercial to Heavy Industrial. Together with these changes to the general plan and zoning code, Mercer Fraser seeks to develop a cannabis extraction facility that would use volatile solvents. These changes would permit greater development of the properties, further altering the aesthetics and recreational value of the Big Rock River Access Point.

In closing, we ask that the Inspector General make a complete investigation of the alleged violations of the law and resolve the longstanding trespass of public lands.

Thomas Wheeler, Executive Director Environmental Protection Information Center

Larry Glass, Executive Director Northcoast Environmental Center


Trump’s state sponsored kidnapping escalates, Stand up against this terrorism locally

Vicious tyrant Trump is trying to divert your attention away from all of his legal problems and his conspiracies with Russians.  Sadly it seems to be working, it’s bumped the Meuller investigation off the evening news.

People with a conscience across the political spectrum are outraged while the Trump Cult members are dancing with glee and mocking children with Downes syndrome.

Meanwhile, a local chance to respond to this outrage;

Families Belong Together Eureka: Old Town Eureka – Saturday, June 30th 10am

Join us – and much of the rest of the nation – Saturday, June 30th to protest the separation of families at US borders!


Pope Francis: Children must be able to play, study and grow in a peaceful environment. Woe to anyone who stifles their joyful impulse to hope!

The alt right began conspiring with the Russians way back in 1995

Russians and the American right started plotting in 1995. We have the notes from the first meeting.

New documents obtained by ThinkProgress show how Russian and American fundamentalists first began their collaboration.

In a congressional hearing last fall, Glenn Simpson, the man whose research helped lead to the now-infamous dossier on Russia and President Donald Trump, let slip a bombshell revelation about Russian infiltration in the United States.

“I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations,” Simpson said. “They targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the [National Rifle Association].”

While Simpson’s comments drove ongoing investigations into relations between the National Rifle Association (NRA) and now-sanctioned Russian officials, another aspect of the Russian strategy has received far less attention: Which conservative religious organizations were targeted by Russian operatives? And who within those organizations proved susceptible to Russian infiltration — or even helped further the Kremlin’s aims?

A series of interviews and never-before-seen documents, including testimonials and diaries obtained by ThinkProgress, sheds new light on how the relationship between the Religious Right and Russia first began, and how it led to several collaborative efforts in the years to come.

In examining both the individuals and organizations involved, it’s evident that as the 2016 presidential election was heating up, those same Religious Right figures — some affiliated with groups that were reportedly funded by sanctioned Russian officials — went out of their way to defend the Russian regime. Now, with Trump in the White House, relations between Russia and American social conservatives have waned, but they’ve hardly disappeared.

Read the rest here:

Political cartoonist fired for causing us to laugh at Dear Leader Trump

Editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers fired for humorously pointing out the truth

“The move by the leadership of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to fire Rob Rogers after he drew a series of cartoons critical of President Trump is disappointing and sends the wrong message about press freedoms in a time when they are under siege.”
“This is precisely the time when the constitutionally-protected free press – including critics like Rob Rogers – should be celebrated and supported, and not fired for doing their jobs. This decision, just one day after the President of the United States said the news media is “Our Country’s biggest enemy,” sets a low standard in the 232-year history of the newspaper.”
Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto statement after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired award-winning editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers

The Times-Standard should start running his cartoons

After a four year battle, finally, Justice for the Borges Family

the late Daren Borges

The Times-Standard reports that the County of Humboldt has agreed to pay $3.45 million in a settlement with the family of Daren Borges, who died in the Humboldt County jail in 2014 hours after being arrested. This is almost a million more than the McKinleyville Federal Jury $2.5 Million Verdict Against Humboldt County for its Role in Causing Jail Death of Borges. The Smart play here would have been for the Sheriff Department to own up to their mistakes, but Sheriff Honsal basically doubled down and refused to accept any responsibility saying at the time “The sheriff’s office didn’t kill this person (Daren), the dealer did.” So now nearly a million taxpayer dollars later the county will be forced to implement health screening protocols before a person is put in a cell, according to the settlement agreement.

Here is the statement from the Borges Family:

Our family is deeply relieved that this four-year fight has finally come to an end. The reforms that the county and jail have agreed to will save lives. This verdict and outcome speaks volumes about the importance of taking our constitutional rights seriously. No one should ever be denied the fundamental right to necessary, life-saving medical care. We are grateful to our lawyers for fighting for Daren and all the others that don’t have the opportunity to speak for themselves. We are grateful to our civil jury of local residents for taking a stand and holding their community and the powers that be accountable to the law and their own policies. Daren was not the first to die unjustly at this jail, but we sincerely hope that with these new critical medical training and screening procedures in place that he will be the last. Thank you for respecting our privacy as we move forward and conclude our grieving process.

some of our many previous posts about Daren:





What if your leader was a cowardly delusional narcissistic moron, oh ya, he is

Justin’s ready to kick your orange ass

When Trump returned to Washington on Wednesday, the Braggart continued his delusional claims of a very successful summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Democrats — and even some (believe it or not) Republicans — have grown increasingly skeptical about what has been accomplished in Singapore. No shit!

The batshit crazy propaganda tweets began as Air Force One landed. Trump declared that there is “no longer” a nuclear threat from the rogue regime and lashed out at those who questioned what he had achieved, branding the media as “Our Country’s biggest enemy.”

Trump’s propaganda Twitter feed Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!

Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer – sleep well tonight!

This narcissistic moron is completely full of SHIT and so are all of the elected cult members defending him.

Trump’s “don’t believe reporters, they’re your enemy” talk is part of something much bigger. It’s related to his bogus claim that “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea” and his willingness to excuse Kim Jong Un’s murderous ways by saying lots of people have done “really bad things.” It’s the Trump alternate universe in action. “ Brian Stelter  CNN

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said Wednesday that “it’s becoming a cultish thing.” Countless Trump critics have thrown around the word “cult,” but it was striking to hear Corker say it.

WashPost columnist/CNN analyst Max Boot used a stronger word on Wednesday. He predicted that “before long” the GOP base “will be brainwashed by Trump & Fox into thinking that N Korea has ALREADY denuclearized…”

Chastising reporters for reporting is a pivotal part of the Trumpies alternate reality.
Some corners of the pro-Trump media are still blasting CNN’s Jim Acosta for shouting Questions at Trump and Kim the other day. “I was simply just trying to do what a reporter should do in those situations,” Acosta told Erin Burnett on CNN Wednesday night. Asking, even shouting, questions “is the American way.” He added: “I’ll do it again if I have the chance.”

A lot of this is the buildup of Trump alternative narrative as everyone around his starts get arrested and charged with various kinds of corruption, cover-up, conspiracy, and treason. He’ll be calling it “fake news” and his cult will fall right in line



Singapore results: China wins, we get a big fat nothing

Xi Jinping wins!

China is clearly running things in the Asian Pacific

China’s dual suspension’ proposal from November 16, 2017, that Trump rejected out hand at the time, is exactly what he just agree to in Singapore.

China said seven months ago a “dual suspension” proposal to handle North Korea was still the best option after U.S. President Donald Trump said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had rejected a “freeze for freeze” agreement.

China and Russia had proposed that the United States and South Korea stop major military exercises in exchange for North Korea halting its weapons programs.

Beijing formally called the idea the “dual suspension” proposal.

Speaking upon his return from Asia back in November, Trump said he and Xi had agreed that they would not accept a “freeze for freeze” idea, which China’s foreign minister announced in March.

“We believe that the ‘dual suspension’ proposal is the most feasible, fair and sensible plan in the present situation,” foreign minister Geng told a daily news briefing.

“Not only can it relieve the present tense situation, it can also resolve all parties most pressing security concerns, and provide an opportunity and create conditions to resume talks, and find a breakthrough point to get out of trouble,” he added.

The “dual suspension” is just a first step and not the end point, foreign minister Geng added.

“We hope that all sides can conscientiously treat and proactively consider China’s proposal, and at the same time we welcome relevant parties to put forward proposals that can benefit the promotion of a peaceful resolution for the peninsula nuclear issue.”

Asked at a regular briefing if Trump stood by his remarks as to what he had agreed with Xi, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders on Thursday replied: “Both sides made their positions clear. They are different, but we agreed that there are going to be different positions and therefore it’s not going to move forward.”

This is a giant giveaway by the United States throwing our allies under the bus and declaring it a win

info for this story from Reuters